Jarret P. Hitchings

Partner

  • Jarret P. Hitchings
  • Phone: +1 302 657 4900
    Fax: +1 302 397 2740

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    1201 North Market St, Suite 501
    Wilmington, DE 19801
    USA
  • Duane Morris LLP
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
    USA

Jarret P. Hitchings practices in the areas of commercial litigation and business bankruptcy. He has significant experience practicing before the Delaware courts, including the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and Delaware’s Court of Chancery and Superior Court.

Mr. Hitchings graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, and the Pennsylvania State University.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial and Corporate Litigation

  • Bankruptcy Law and Distressed Asset Litigation

Representative Matters

    Recent Federal and State Court Litigation

  • Representing the assignee in an assignment-for-the-benefit-of-creditors (ABC) transaction and related litigation before the Delaware Chancery Court.

  • Representing a commercial creditor of an insolvent reinsurance carrier with respect to the carrier’s state-ordered receivership pending before the Delaware Chancery Court.

  • Defending financial institution with respect to federal lending and collection practices actions in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

  • Defended financial institution with respect to depositor litigation before the Delaware Superior Court.

  • Represented Spanish pharmaceutical company in fiduciary duty and books-and-records litigation against American portfolio company in the Delaware Chancery Court.

  • Represented secured lender and special loan servicer in connection with state law commercial loan default and foreclosure litigation before the Delaware Superior Court.

  • Bankruptcy and Distressed Asset Litigation

  • Representing a secured lender in connection with the chapter 11 litigation, reorganization and refinancing of significant theme-park area hotel property.

  • Represented the foreign representatives and joint administrators of Guernsey holding company in connection with chapter 15 recognition proceedings in the United States.

  • Represented the foreign representatives and joint official liquidators for Cayman Island hedge fund in connection with the case administration and wind-down of chapter 15 cases for feeder-fund affiliates.

  • Litigated the multi-million dollar claims of an energy logistics company against exploration and production company during its chapter 11 reorganization.

  • Represented as Delaware counsel the official committee of unsecured creditors of an international metals recycling company in connection with the company’s successful chapter 11 restructuring.

Admissions

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
    - Order of the Coif
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A.

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2021-present
    - Associate, 2013-2020
  • Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLC
    - Associate, 2010-2013

Professional Activities

  • Delaware State Bar Association, Litigation and Bankruptcy Sections
  • INSOL International, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
    - Newsletter Editor for the Emerging Industries and Technology Committee
    - Advisory Board Member for the Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Delaware Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2021

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Panel Speaker, "Beyond the Surface of Venue: Real World Bankruptcy Practice in 2018," National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Presenter, "Key Issues in Distressed Debt, Workouts, and Restructurings: Practical Guide," The Knowledge Group, Webcast, October 10, 2019

Media Hits

  • Quoted, "Proposed Federal Bankruptcy Venue Restriction Could Be a Blow for Delaware," Law360, June 30, 2021
  • Quoted, "Suit over Brooks Brothers Sale Shows Chap. 11’s Shadow," WWD, May 20, 2021
  • Quoted, "Student Loan Debtors Seek High Court Standard in Debt Discharge," Bloomberg Law, April 30, 2021